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. scientists say wind could bring fine particulate matter called pm 2.5. officials in the city show particulate higher than average readings. the highest reading was 1 1/2 times above the government standard. >> reporter: officials are stepping up their pollution monitoring efforts. they have set up measurements at ten sites and will post the latest readings to the government's website. officials in fukoga city are going one step farther and will offer pollution forecasts. they already have six measuring pots and they plan to set up three more. the people in charge say they will notify residents by e-mail if it looks like the density of pollutants will exceed national standard. >> translator: forecasting is quite important to limit effects. we can advise residents to wear masks. and take other preventive measures. >> reporter: it's not just people in western japan who are worried. residents in other areas also say they are concerned. computer models suggest china's smog could affect a wide region. this simulation shows how pollutants could spread across japan, as well as the korean peninsula an
: thousands of people have staged protests in several cities in pakistan. they are demanding military action following the sectarian killings of shias. >> our request is that we want the army -- the army should come here and target operations should be started. >> reporter: the weekend bombing killed 85 people and wounded around 170 others near a market in quetta. home to many shias. a sunni militant group has claimed responsibility. they regard shiites as pagan. the same city was hit by another attack on january 10th which killed about 100 people. the same group claimed responsibility for this attack targeting shias. a local human rights group says more than 400 people were killed in sunni terrorist attacks last year, the highest number of fatalities on record. violence against shia muslims does not account for all of the recent acts of terrorism in pakistan. terrorists attacks are also carried out by separatist groups and the pakistani taliban. the largest extremist group in the country. the pakistani estimate that 40,000 people have been killed in terrorist attacks in the country in the p
ship that orbits the earth. it also depicts a unified korean peninsula and u.s. cities engulfed in flames. they believe the launch served as a test for a long-ranged ballistic missile. north korean authorities say they plan to develop and launch much larger rockets up to galaxy nine. >>> chinese maritime surveillance crews started off the week doing something they've done many times before, they navigated into japanese waters near the disputed islands in the east china sea. japan controls the senkaku islands but china and taiwan claim them. japan coast guard personnel say the two surveillance ships entered japanese waters on monday. it's the fifth time this year. the ships kept sailing in the waters despite warnings from coast guard officers. japanese foreign ministry officials launched a protest through china's embassy in tokyo. maritime authorities have increased their presence in the area since japanese leaders nationalized the islands last september. officials in beijing said last month they will conduct regular patrols around the islands. >>> prime minister shinzo abe will
in his hometown of ewacky city in fukushima prefecture, he worked hard to revive the farming community. the 2011, left his home badly damaged. fares worse was the melt down at the nearby nuclear plant. radiation spread and farmer also to stop growing rice. down at the nearby nuclear plant. radiation spread and farmer also to stop growing rice. i didn't know what to live for anymore. he wanted to keep farming but didn't know how. then he found out about opportunities in townsville, ewacky's sister city. land for rent. land that might grow rice. >> translator: there are many farmers who lost their land and can grow rice. the climate is warm here so you can grow rice year round. >> reporter: his major challenge was growing rice the japanese watch one day, he saw something u.n. expected in his paddy. >> translator: interestingly enough, the ecosystem here creates conditions exactly like those found in japan's rice paddies, beetles, dragon flies and snails eat the algae. and fire flies begin living in the paddy. i was so surprised to discover these. >> reporter: townsville was warm year rou
society" were written in the senders a column on the pack. an the parcel was sent from nagano city in central japan and contain nod letter. in the 2011 tsunami, i shall know mackey city suffered a lot of damage to the fishing port and surrounding cities, the case were destroyed. the port at i shall know mackey city has been reduced to half of that before the disaster. >> translator: i was very surprise ted gift and pleased to receive such support. >> they still have a long way to go in the restoration pro process. they will exchange the gold fwhoors money and use it for the restoration of the fisheries. bs for money and use it for the restoration of the fisheries. >>> severe weather is rolling across the u.s. robert speta has the weather there and across the world. >> all this rough weather flaring up. tornado warnings issued, another threat is some large hail in the portions of georgia, alabama and then over toward the carolinas, very well could see hail about the diameter of two centimeters some, definitely don't want to be caught outside as this storm system continues to spin up
was shot in a city in northeast china. people can be seen strolling and going about their business across the border in north korea. the close proximity of the two countries raises concerns in china that its neighbor's nuclear program could undermine security. xi jinping has opposed the nuclear tests. he discussed peace and security on the korean peninsula with a special envoy from south korea. he said china continues to maintain that eliminating nuclear arms and prevents perforations of mass weapons. >> translator: china should be tougher on north korea. nuclear weapons are deadly. i think we should solve this problem by imposing diplomatic sanctions. >> translator: china is too lenient on north korea. our national security and interests are at stake. we should stand more firmly against the north koreans. >> reporter: but many of china's newspapers took relatively cautious positions on the issue. one called for tightening sanctions against the north. china has not shared close ties with its neighbor, but now that china has achieved the world's second largest gdp, it's got priorities to m
cities in china last month despite the efforts to reign in speculative activity. officials will expand a pilot property tax program and other measures to curb the price hike. new housing prices rose in january in 53 cities. prices soared 2% or more in the industrial hubs of schennzhen. they went up 1.6% in beijing and 1.1% in wuhan. officials say they will expand taxation on real estate from shanghai to other cities. they say the measure is it to prevent public criticism linked to unaffordable property prices. they also plan to define maximum limits for price fluctuations in beijing and other big cities. >>> authorities in china and japan have been at odds for months over a territorial dispute. but another crisis is prompting them to work together. record levels of air pollution in china have been traveling east spreading fine particles over western japan. officials from both sides have met in beijing to discuss a common response to the issue. a working level meeting took place on friday, following a request from japanese authorities. chinese officials said they introduced emission sta
are investigating a deadly workplace shooting. it happened at a wood processing company near the city of lucerne. at least three people were killed and several others are wounded. the incident occurred 9:00 wednesday morning. police say the shooter and two employees died. local media say seven people were injured, four of them seriously. investigators are trying to identify the shooter. they say it was a man. a local newspaper says company managers were believed to be planning job cuts. >>> officials with japan's environment ministry are trying to protect people from pollution blowing into china. they have set new guidelines on how and when to issue warnings. people in a number of chinese cities are dealing with smog for weeks. factories and cars are belting out a new pollutant, pn 25. it can cause bronchitis and asthma. warnings will be issued when pm 2.5 could reach 70 micrograms per cubic meter of air. when that happens, the officials say they will tell people to stay indoors and shut their windows. they say children, the elderly, and people with asthma should be especially cautious at any ti
the facility. >>> french troops have managed to re- establish control over cities in mali. the international community is eyeing the next step. diplomatic sources say a peace keeping mission could be sent in to help main stain stability. they are still fighting islamic insurgent. they have taken back several key cities, including timbuktu. chad and niger have contributed troops. a peacekeeping force in mali from the u.s. has been proposed. the objective to would be to help stabilize forces after the end of the operation. sources say neighboring countries are expected to play a major role in the operation. >> south korea leaders say they are ready to conduct an underground nuclear test at any time. crews have installed a remote detonator and equipment that will be used to measure radiation. north korean leaders said last month it will conduct their third nuclear test, but didn't say when. government sources say the crews brought a vehicle to the test site in the northeast that will remotely control the detonator. a monitoring device installed will be used to detect any nuclear radioactive mat
threat. this model show took place in the southern city of karachi last month. most exhibitors were the familiar names from japan. but this year, for the first time, they shared the space with rivals from china. china's leading automaker, first automobile works, had the largest booth. pakistani consumers could see its sport utility vehicles and other automobiles. >> translator: this model is better than existing cars. it's low priced, too. >> reporter: prices for japanese cars have been rising sharply in recent years because of unfavorable exchange rates. first automobile works believes it has a chance to make inroads into pakistan. and its main weapon is price. >> we are planning to offer low price for pakistani and china and pakistani has a very good friendship. so my company wants to take more vehicles come to pakistan. >> reporter: trucks are some of first automobile works' best sellers in pakistan. low prices are helping them grab market share from japanese firms. the chinese company employs pakistanis who used to work for japanese automakers. it wants to use their know-how to
is turning fields into cities disrupting the natural flow of water. and there's rising concern that could dampen economic growth in the future. nhk world has more. >> translator: after widespread floods in the capital. more than 40 residents died and another 45,000 were forced into temporary shelters. the city center was submerged under water as deep as one meter. cars and buses were stranded. some businesses and factories were forced to close. for many foreign companies operating in jakarta, it was the case of deja vu. they suffered similar damage during the 2007 rainey season. since then, many foreign foundries have implemented anti-flood measures. this company changed its entrance to 46 inch meters aboveground level. >> translator: we suffered damage from flooding twice in the past. we took a lesson from those experiences. and decided to take counter measures on our own. our building has a system to drain water as well as a pumping device to discharge water when it starts coming in. >> translator: this is transforming the landscape around jakarta. rice parties and ponds that used to he
soaring in the skies above this ancient city by the nile ended in disaster for one group. their balloon plunged into a field. egyptian government officials say 18 aboard died and three others were hurt. a witness told nhk he saw the pilot had a passenger jump out after the basket caught fire. he said the balloon rose high er and was soon engulfed in flames and then crashed in a sugarcane field. associated press reports there was an explosion saying it plunged 300 meters from the sky. state-run media say casualties included people from hong kong, belgium, britain and france. four japanese names were on the passenger list. the operator of the about a lba two accidents in the past two years. >> accident in the morning about 6:30. this company i call rubbish company and i tell the people this way. >> why is that? >> he have two fires before. >> hot air ballooning is popular with tourists who visit luxor. the ancient city has various attractions. one of them is the tombs of the valley of the kings. following the accident, the province of luxor ordered all hot air balloon companies to suspend
. down t you don't have to transport the food from the city. right now, we import food from thousands of miles away. >> reporter: the vertical farm is attracting attention from other nations that, like singapore, are strucking ingst feed their growing populations. it is an innovation that seems likely to take road. yuko fine nah tacky, nhk world, singapore. >> and that wraps up our bulletin. i'm patchari raksawong in bangkok. >>> an activist in hopping congress could face jail time and a fine for sailing to a group of disputed islands in the east china sea. japan are ounce the senkaku islands, china and taiwan claim them. a senior member of a group owns a fishing boat that took them there. government officals banned the boat was banned from sailing outside hong kong territorial waters. the vessel had been used for political activities before, despite its registration as a fishing ship. a court indicted the owner for violating the order. he must appear on march 14th. if convicted, he could face a sentence of two years in prison and a fine of $32,000. local media say the indictment is
city to nago city. >>> the japanese government has been struggling to designate final disposal sites for radioactive waste generated by the fukushima nuclear accident. local residents are opposed to burying radioactive materials on their territory. now they are he will think the way they collect the storage sites. the environmental agency wants to ask each prefecture to dispose of contaminated mud and ash to the incinerators. it hopes to build five sites. two state-owned forests are possible sites. but opposition from the host municipalities blocked both projects. senior environmental minister says officials will include the opinions of local leaders in the decision making process. >> translator: i must admit there was a lack of communication between the central and local governments on the choice of disposal sites. >> reporter: they will seek advice from experts and they want to conduct drilling surveys to narrow down the choice of final disposal sites. >>> aim images on very large screens should be getting sharper soon. there is ultra high definition images on screens of over 160 i
in and around the boston area. that will be absolutely crippling. actually, into new york city, the mayor has asked people to stay indoors. just call in if you plan on having to go out here to work. all the schools have been closed in and across this area. if you have any flights in and out of the northeast, really, you're going to have to wait on it until at least sunday by the time the conditions start clearing up here. that's the good news. the storm system is rapidly going to move off here into saturday evening. friday into saturday in boston, you're still going to see the blizzard conditions. it is by the evening hours. then it really will start to affect the canadian maritime with the hurricane-force winds which could even bring storm surge off to that area and accompanied by what these high winds and heavy snowfall. let's take a look at japan here. we have a storm system here as well which is continuing to spin across hokkaido bringing blizzard conditions. we're talking about the high winds in the united states. we're seeing it here as well. winds already reported up to 108 kilometers
peacefully. >>> a special group of young musicians from afghanistan is taking to the stage in new york city on their landmark american tour. the performance is a milestone on the long journey of recovery for afghan music which was banned by the former taliban regime as unislamic. ♪ >> students from the afghanistan national institute of music performed traditional afghan tunes. in new york's prestigious carnegie hall on tuesday. the school was established in 2010 under the afghan administration of education with hefty financial support from abroad. half the school's 140 students are orphans or street children. one-third of them are girls. musicians ranging in age from 10 to 22 also enjoyed the rare opportunity to perform alongside a local american high school orchestra. >> because they're in afghanistan, no girls play music and i'm happy, i'm lucky. >> translator: my goal is that one day i'll be a good musician, a good music player. then i can show other people around the world that afghans are good at playing music. ♪ >> the orchestra's tour schedule also includes performances in boston
air station within the prefecture to a less populated area in the city of nago. >>> u.s. researchers say authorities in north korea may be ready to conduct another underground nuclear test. they have detected more activity at a facility in the country's northeast. a team from johns hopkins university released a report showing the latest satellite photos. one of the pictures was taken on february 13th, a day after the test. the other was taken two days after that. the researchers say the first photo shows no movement around the site. they speculate that personnel stayed away until they could confirm radiation levels were safe. the second picture shows an entrance to a tunnel covered with nets along with some people and vehicles. the researchers believe workers were removing data and equipment from the site and they say they noticed a new road near another tunnel. >>> authorities in pyongyang have given a hero's welcome to those who carried out the test. officials from the ruling workers party invited engineers to the capital. state-run television show "the big welcome." afternoon they
the southern chinese city of shenzhen. police arrested three people, a singaporean, a man from hong kong and an australian. they came to collect the shipment from a storage facility in western sydney. a police spokesperson says the drug syndicate based in southeastern china may have been involved in the case. investigators are talking with authorities in china and say further arrests may follow in australia and abroad. >>> they're one of the world's most persecuted minorities. rohingya muslims from western myanmar have been denied citizenship by the government and face sectarian violence that broke out last year. increasing numbers of them choose to flee by sea in rickety boats, but those who survive the dangerous voyage face another danger, ruthless human smugglers from southern thailand. >> reporter: the tide of rohingya refugees going to cross the sea is coming faster. they have reached here in just six months. these rohingyas were found at an isolated plantation in southern thailand. human smugglers con fined scores them for six weeks. >> translator: they hit us with wood, punched an
to an investigation into money laundering in vatican city. in addition, a court convicted his former butler last year of stealing and leaking classified documents that alleged corruption in the vatican. the pope pardoned him over christmas. it's rare for a pope to resign. they usually die in the job. top members of the catholic church will now start planning their conclave. the meeting they hold to choose a successor. >>> u.s. and south korean marines have given reporters a glimpse of their first joint winter drills. the marines started training together last week in the south korean mountain town of pyeongchang. they're improving their combat skills. about 400 marines practiced in a temperature of minus 10 degrees celsius. they shot at targets while skiing down a mountain and rappelled down a cliff with guns in their hands. the marines regularly train together. they say they want to be ready to deal with any attack from north korea. they've never drilled together in winter before. south korean leaders believe training in the harsh environment will help them work more closely together. the exercises
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